Friday, December 09, 2005

worship the garish sun

So. Good day today. Not only everywhere the glowing reviews of Brokeback Mountain (wonderful moving force of nature oscars!) - who knew that Ang Lee and big gay love could bring out the hitherto undreamt-of actor hidden within the apollonian form of Heath Ledger? - but also extra money for the holidays! Tickets booked to return to Bombay for New Years! The prospect of new books on the weekend! Exhausted stock of exclamation marks by the end of this post!

So. I have nothing of significance to say other than that. I could have made this post yesterday, but I maintained, instead, a respectful silence for a little 25th anniversary.

Because the point was that everyone did imagine, if only for a minute or an hour, even if he was mad and drug-ridden and a hypocrite millionaire, because truth can illumine every soul; if dehumanised rural cowboys can love each other in spite of overwhelming obstacles, then rockstars can be prophets and heroes.

(I hope Ang Lee makes a film about pop music soon.)


  1. From blogger Ron Franscell at ...

    Imagine what insights might be gleaned if we could send a Desert Storm Marine to review the movie “Jarhead” or a murder survivor to review “Capote?” Our readers would be treated to an intense “insider’s” perspective on the story — the story, not the filmmaking.

    Tonight, director Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain” — about two young gay cowboys in 1963 Wyoming — opens in a handful of big-city theaters. It will open in Houston on Dec. 16. For now, there are no plans for it to be shown in Southeast Texas ... not a big surprise.

    At my newspaper, we asked Ron Douthitt, a novelist and screenwriter who also had a gay relationship in his youth, to reflect on the film, which he saw in a November screening. We hoped his perspective would add to our readers’ understanding of this controversial story in this film version of Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Proulx’s short story and Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry’s script. An excerpt:

    "If you’ve ever felt the kind of love where the feeling so far transcended the sex, when spending time with that person anywhere is all that matters, then this story is for you. If you’ve ever shared the kind of love, when the thought of just knowing if the person with whom you share that bond is going to be safe and all right — with or without you around — allows you to sleep at night, then this story will touch you deeply. The only unusual element is that the story revolves around two men."

  2. Meh, I write better reviews. AND I DON'T SPAM.

  3. Hello, I don't have much to say either, doing the monthly(?) blog rounds and wondering how you were. Do mail sometime, I'm not quite sure when I shall be back visiting the blog.

    Wish I could be in bombay too during the hols although I will be out of this place and in california, city lights bookstore is certainly on the cards and venice beach and maybe monterrey and big sur and ... oh nevermind, I still wish it was bombay